The Habitation at Port Royal, in the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Built in 1939-1940, it is a replica of the earliest permanent settlement which stood from 1605 to 1613. It was established by the Frenchmen Pierre Du Gua de Monts ,accompanied by Samuel de Champlain, Louis Hébert and Sieur de Poutrincourt. Having barely survived the previous winter, this new settlement in the much nicer climate of the Annapolis Valley became quite prosperous. The first social club in the New World was set up here, called The Order of Good Cheer, with a supper every few days and considerable revelry if the surviving records can be trusted. In the main, it was to get the settlers through their first winter, and in that, it was successful.
The original fort and settlement were destroyed in 1613 as a result of one of the incessant French-English wars, and this replica has been built to be as exact a true copy as possible.
It is a National Historic Site of Canada and attracts many visitors to it’s beautiful location overlooking the waters of Annapolis Basin.
This image was taken in the summer of 1959. The boy is my first son, and the camera was an Exakta Varex 35mm.SLR with Ektachrome film and a Biotar lens, 50mm,f.2.0. It was scanned with a Canoscan 4000US scanner in 2004.